Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 09:30:53 -0600
Reply-To: Joe Matise <snoopy369@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Joe Matise <snoopy369@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Maximum width of a text file in terms of characters
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According to SAS help (
the maximum LRECL is 1 megabyte (1,048,576
The file can be larger than that of course, but it must be split into lines
less than or equal to 1,048,576 bytes (characters, in a non-DBCS system)
On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 8:47 AM, Lou <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> "chumba" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > Hi,
> > I was wondering if anyone knew how many characters are there in a
> > sindle line of a text file?
> > Any light will be most appreciated.
> On a platform like Windows using FAT32, the file size limit is 1 byte less
> than a full 4 gigabytes, or (2**32) - 1 bytes, according to articles on the
> Microsoft web site. A "text" file line on that file system can therefore
> within a gnat's whisker of 4GB long. Most files have considerably shorter
> lines, but how long a given line is depends on who/what created the file.